Book Review, Fairytale, Fantasy, Re-Telling

Of Cinder and Madness by Nicole Zoltack

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Kindle Version. 

Short Summary: A dark Cinderella re-telling. Finding her happily-ever-after and falling in love prove difficult for Angelique when her stepdaughter, Eleanore, threatens her life and the lives of her two daughters with dark magic.

My Review: Exciting dark twist to a normally happy story, this book kept me glued to the page from start to finish. Its fast pace makes it a quick read. There wasn’t one time where the narrative slowed or interrupted me. The backstory, the time jumping from past to present and the dialogue were well written and well executed.

This might be one of my new favorite Cinderella stories. I didn’t want it to end, and look forward to reading more from Nicole Zoltack.

I read this book for my own enjoyment.

Book Review, Fairytale, Re-Telling, Uncategorized, Zombies

Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles

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My Rating: 5/5 Heart

Kindle Verified Purchase

Short Summary: An Alice in Wonderland re-telling. Hoping she isn’t too late, Alice fights her way through deadly momerath territory to find a cure for her sister, who’s infected with the dreaded virus.

My Review: 

I love this cover so much and every page in between. I’m so excited I own the hard copy too. 
♥ A new spin on a classic favorite. Even better, it’s a zombie tale. “Momeraths,” so clever!
 Writing style, pacing, action, and tension kept me entertained and hooked.
♥ Other than the occasional lengthy dialogue from Abbott and Hatta, there were little-to-no interruptions in the pace of the story from start to finish.
 I love Alice, and Chess is my favorite character. He’s flighty, but for good reason. I’m looking forward to seeing how his character’s strengths and weaknesses help or hinder Alice in the next book. Alice is a strong character, who isn’t easily deterred from her mission to find the cure, even when the Red Queen double crosses her. 

Overall, I recommend this to re-telling and zombie lovers alike. It was a fun, fast paced, easy read with some clever references to the classic tale of Alice woven in. Five Red Hearts from me! Looking forward to Sullivan’s re-telling of Peter Pan next!

 

 

 

Beta Read, Book Review, Manuscript Critique, Updates

MS Critiques, Book Reviews & Beta Reading

I’m now accepting requests for Manuscript Critiques, Book Reviews/ARC and Beta Reading for the month of JUNE. I accept a wide variety of genres and formats. Click on the appropriate link below to submit a request, and check out my testimonials while you’re at it.

After doing annotative (in-line) and content critiques as a beta reader, I’ve decide to offer manuscript critiques with more in-depth feedback for complete or unfinished manuscripts. My beta reading now consists of 1-2 pages of feedback or a book review on my blog for polished manuscripts and ARC. My book reviews will remain the same, and will be posted on this blog, Amazon and Goodreads.

Manuscript Critique

Beta Reading

Book Reviews

Thanks to all who submitted in the past, and who took the time to write me a testimony (if you haven’t, please send one). I’ve enjoyed reading your WIPs & books! You ALL inspire me. ♥

halynn

Book Review, Writing, Writing Blog

Writer’s Toolbox Series

I wanted to share these two books from the Writers Toolbox Series because I’ve found them so helpful. I’ve been stuck the last two weeks, trying to figure out what’s keeping me from pounding out my WIP, and these have been a lifesaver. My book is practically writing itself now after going back and editing the basic blueprints of my story. I recommend both of this books for writers and editors alike.

 

Book Review, Science Fiction

Voyager by Carl Rackman

34334877My Rating: 5/5 stars

ARC/Kindle

Short Summary:
FBI agent, Brad Barnes, fights for the survival of the human race against conspirators after Callie Woolf, the Voyager Project Manager, uncovers a series of increasingly disturbing images picked up by a tiny prob that’s hurtling through outer space more than twelve billion miles from Earth.

Voyager is a riveting sci-fi conspiracy thriller! It’s well written, full of descriptive detail and well-rounded characters. From page one, I was gripped by Brad, my favorite character, who can’t seem to catch a break. However, like agent Ferguson, I question the believably of his relationship with Mirage, a woman who tries to kill him.

The action scenes throughout the story set the pace for the book, keeping you engaged as you uncover the mysteries surrounding Voyager One. I did get tripped up a few times, getting lost in some of the lengthy paragraphs. There’s nothing specifically wrong with the narrative; the writing and descriptions are spot on, but I would have liked more paragraph breaks throughout the book. It would help maintain the pace through the explanations, jargon and the characters’ internal thoughts. I may have missed pieces of the story here, or felt I didn’t need the information to keep up, so I skipped it or skimmed it.

As the story progresses, there are more character perspectives added here-and-there, which I liked. It helped me see clearly the picture the author was trying to paint. There were, however, a few chapters that switched pov within the same scene, which I found distracting. Some of these were minor mistakes, but others were unnecessarily used to expand on an idea or situation.

Overall, I enjoyed this thrilling sci-fi, and look forward to finding out where the characters go from here. My reviews of Voyager are on Goodreads and Amazon, and I follow Carl Rackman on Twitter and Facebook.